Android 9 Brings Significant Security Advancements, Google Says

December 24, 2018


The latest Android iteration brings along a great deal of security improvements, including better encryption and authentication, Google says.

With Android 9 (also called Android Pie), the Internet search giant focused on aspects such as platform hardening, anti-exploitation, hardware-backed security, and user privacy, each with its own set of enhancements and new features.

Released this fall, the platform iteration brought updated File-Based Encryption, now offering support for external storage media. Metadata encryption with hardware support was also included, along with a new BiometricPrompt API, to have the biometric authentication dialogs that apps can display look the same.

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